The project "Children's Rights Behind Bars" aims at fostering respect for the fundamental rights of children deprived of their liberty. In this perspective, the first European Guide on monitoring places where children are deprived of their liberty has been produced. It is a practical tool with preventive and child right-based approach. Its objective is to est de contribute to reinforce the capacities of monitoring mechanismsof places where children are deprived of liberty.
This practical Guide is designed to be used by a broad range of professionals, who are entitled - by mandate, by law or upon a specific agreement - to monitor or visit places where children can be deprived of their liberty. This includes, but is not limited to:
ʺ Experts and Members of International and Regional monitoring bodies such as the SPT, the CPT and the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights as well as agencies such as UNICEF, UNHCR or ICRC (for the specific cases of conflict areas);
ʺ Members of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM) created or designated as such under the OPCAT;
ʺ Other statutory monitoring bodies such as National Human Rights Institutions, Children’s Commissioners, Ombudspersons for Children, etc.;
ʺ Special monitoring bodies such as prison monitoring committee, police inspection commission, mental health institution’s inspection, etc.;
ʺ Juvenile judges;
ʺ Civil society monitors and non-governmental organisations (NGOs);
ʺ National and EU parliamentarians;
ʺ Multi-agency monitoring bodies;
The information gathered in this Guide will also be useful for authorities, administrations and staff members of places where children can be deprived of their liberty while implementing their day-to-day tasks, when performing internal inspections and when receiving the visit of a monitoring body.
As the result of an EU project, this Guide has a European scope. However, with some adaptations in order to respond to different contexts or national specificities, the methodology and content may well be adapted and replicated to be used when visiting structures depriving children of their liberty in many countries throughout the world.